January 2, 2013
Aside from a few choice Teamakers, not many people would fly half way across the world after a sip of tea. Bruce Schoenfeld did not get the memo, as he takes us from a tea shop in Arizona to the rocky cliffs of Wuyi mountain all in search of a delicious cup of da hong piao. The article is a great read, particularly while sipping Fez here at the Teaworks (which Bruce recommends as one of the best places to drink tea in America).
December 26, 2011
Corey Arnold for The Wall Street Journal
STEVEN SMITH at his tea salon, Steven Smith Teamaker, in Portland, Ore.
Thomas Twining. Thomas Lipton. The Bigelows. And Steven Smith?
Hardly a household name, Mr. Smith is one of the biggest players in modern tea history, holding a key role in what’s been a renaissance in the U.S., with tea sales soaring to about $7 billion this past year from less than $1 billion in 1990. He’s responsible for many of the original blends for two top-shelf brands: Stash, now owned by the Japanese company Yamamotoyama; and Tazo, which Starbucks bought in 1999. His own company, Steven Smith Teamaker, sells small-batch teas in restaurants and stores like Williams-Sonoma, Zabar’s and even Eddie Bauer.
Quality leaves are essential to good tea, but so too are the expertise and imagination of the person creating the blends, said tea-expert James Norwood Pratt, author of the definitive “Tea Dictionary.” “In no generation in the past 5,000 years have we had more than a few people like Steven Smith. He makes astonishingly good blends,” Mr. Pratt said.
August 4, 2011
Bits and Bites: News you can eat and drink. Smith Teamakers were featured in Wall Street Journal. Read More
July 1, 2011
Steve recently had the pleasure of hosting Heidi Protto from Koin Studio 6 at the Teaworks.
June 30, 2011
Avocado Iced Green tea recipe from our very own teashaman was recently featured in About.com Coffee/Tea by Lindsey Goodwin.
This recipe was initially inspired by a blended avocado drink Steve tried in Ethiopia. He later added a Tex-Mex twist (chili peppers, lemon juice) and Fez (a Moroccan mint tea variation he carries) to the recipe. Click Here for recipe
To Purchase this featured product visit Smith Teashop.
May 24, 2011
Steven Smith Teamaker is mentioned in the latest Hemispheres Magazine in their food & drink category titled STEEP ASCENT.
After founding (and selling) big-label teas Stash and Tazo, Portland’s Steven Smith has a go at small-batch blends.
May 24, 2011
Amy Levin-Epstein from Tea Time Magazine interviewed Steve Smith for the May/June 2011 Issue.
What do Stash and Tazo have in common besides being reliably delicious? They are both the brainchild of Steve Smith as he said sayonara to Starbucks and hello to custom-blended concoctions in his latest venture, Steven Smith Teamaker.
We hope you enjoy this article.
April 6, 2011
Between the independent coffee shops, craft breweries, micro-distilleries, and sophisticated cocktail bars, a fine beverage is never far out of reach in Portland.
March 17, 2011
Steven Smith, the Teamaker, has had the pleasure to chat with Michael Zusman from the Oregonian, in his Northwest Thurman Street Teaworks about his latest project and company culture. To learn more about this exciting interview read the full article found here….
March 7, 2011
Teamaster, Steve Smith tells his own story on a new OPB Arts & Life series called The Speakeasy talking with Dave Miller about how Smith Teamaker came about and his blending techniques.
Then Tony Tellin, tea-lover and jack of all trades at Smith Teamaker, took Dave on a “sipping tour,” sampling the best teas from China to India. Take a moment and enjoy this video on how to make a perfect cup of tea.